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Evidence-based collaborations

Vanderbilt University

Abe’s Garden Community collaborates with the Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging (VCQA) faculty to establish best practices in dementia care and co-author published research papers. 

Vanderbilt Medical Center’s Victor J. Legner, MD, and nurse practitioner Mattie Godfrey provide on-site physician care for residents.

In addition, three Abe’s Garden Community benefactors established the Vanderbilt University Abram C. Shmerling, M.D. Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease and Geriatric Medicine. This faculty member is providing opportunities for Vanderbilt to lead and direct key partnerships for applied research on dementia.

Helen Crow, Oklahoma chapter, Alzheimer’s Association
“I'm so impressed to see all of the things you are doing at Abe's Garden®. Every little detail is intentional, always keeping the residents and the disease in mind.”
Donna Finto-Burks, Abe’s Garden Senior Director of Clinical Care
“Team members, residents, and families collaborate regarding the constantly evolving Abe’s Garden® model. This coincides with a dedication to providing all residents engagement opportunities that align with their likes and needs, which is also
Kenna Niles, an AGCG participant’s wife
“As [my husband] has transitioned through the different stages of his disease, the [Abe’s Garden®] Community Group has made the single biggest impact. It has helped him to see that he can still contribute, make friends and enjoy himself.”